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Physical Education


At Darras Hall Primary School we promote a high-quality physical education curriculum which inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in both competitive and non-competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. Our vision is to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. 



We have targeted PE teaching throughout school with specialist teaching for all children on a weekly basis.  In addition to this, we encourage children to engage in a range of new sports and activities through taster sessions from a wide network of local professional coaches. Our extensive range of extra curriculum sporting clubs and school sports teams offer children the opportunity to build upon their confidence, skill development and take part in competitive sport. In Upper Key Stage 2,  all children learn to swim with specialist swimming instruction at Ponteland Leisure Centre.



Physical development is a core area of learning in the Early Years and the daily activities planned in Reception ensure that children are physically active each day, ensuring good health and well being, developing gross motor skills and physical agility.


Key Stage 1

Through a mixture of specialist and class teacher delivery, Key Stage 1 pupils are taught fundamental movement skills, to become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They are taught to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities in a range of increasingly challenging situations.


Pupils are taught to:

  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
  • Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.


Key Stage 2

Through a mixture of specialist and class teacher delivery, Key Stage 2 pupils are taught to:

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate (for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, tag rugby, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis), and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance (for example, through athletics and gymnastics)
  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.